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Lilies have long been admired and valued for their beauty and fragrance. However, the word “lily” is normally colloquially used to refer to only a couple of flowers. In reality, there are several species of flowers that fall under the lily family. Since lily plants produce large and colorful flowers, they are prized among gardeners. The flowers are not the only important part of the plant. The bulb is commonly used in some Asian cultures as a vegetable, and in other parts of the world, its essential oils are extracted for use in aromatherapy and perfumes.
Liliaceae: Types of Lilies
The Liliaceae family of plants usually bears small flowers that tend to be white, yellow or shades of blue and purple. Some of these flowers follow a star shape while others appear as a bell shape. The stamens are usually quite long and prominent.
Queen`s Cup Lily:
Star-flowered Solomon`s Seal:
Plants from the Calochortus family have rounded flowers with larger petals that the Liliaceae family. The petals are normally fan-shaped as opposed to elongated, and covered with fine hairs. Shades of blue to violet and pink, as well as creamy whites and yellows arethe norm for these flowers.
Coast Range Mariposa Lily:
Green-banded Mariposa Lily:
Hairy Star Tulip:
Monterey Mariposa Lily:
Subalpine Mariposa Lily:
Yellow Mariposa Lily:
The flowers of a plant from the crinum family are quite distinct. Their petals are usually long, widely spread and colorful. The stamens are equally prominent and can sometimes be of a completely different hue. These flowers grow on stems which normally do not have leaves.
Dichelostemma plants usually grow upside-down flowers in a tube or bell shape. Blues and purples are accepted colors for the flowers, although some also feature completely different shades.
Plants from the Erythronium species tend to grow flowers with long petals that sometimes curl out at the edges. The stamens usually hang downwards. Common colors for plants in this family are white, yellow and shades of pink.
Giant White Fawn Lily:
Pink Fawn Lily:
Fritillaria plants have very distinct bell-shaped flowers with spotted markings along the petals. Unlike many of the other lilies, flowers from the fritillaria family have an unpleasant odor. Many of these flowers are also poisonous and should be handled with care.
Lilium plants showcase large, brightly colored flowers, and for this reason they are quite popular in gardens. The flowers can often be seen in shades of white and yellow, to deeper colors of pink, red, orange and even purple. The petals are usually wide open to prominently display the equally richly-colored stamen. Occasionally the top side of the petals are spotted.
Trilliums produce small, distinct flowers of three to six petals. The plant is acutely damaged if the flower is plucked, and as a result, in many areas of the northern United States and southern Canada it is illegal to pluck trilliums in protected areas.
Giant Purple Wakerobin